The early stages of heart disease
By: Alicia M Prater PhD
Heart disease consists of a number of conditions that affect the heart, including coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure and hypertension. The early stages of these heart diseases are different, but they have similar effects on the body if left untreated – heart failure.Early...
Anatomy and parts of the inner ear
By: Alicia M Prater PhD
The ear is one of the most complicated anatomical structures in the human body. It functions in two different body systems, the auditory (hearing) and vestibular (balance) systems. The ear is divided into three sections – outer, middle, and inner. While the outer ear is...
Scientists discover new class of antibiotics
By: Leigh Goessl
Researchers at the University of Notre Dame have announced the discovery of a new class of antibiotics. These drugs will reportedly be able to battle bacteria such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and others that lead to serious infections. Current antibiotic treatments are no longer...
Scurvy: Symptoms and treatment
By: Lesley Hebert
Scurvy, a disease notorious for causing the deaths of an estimated two million sailors during the European age of exploration, seems to be making a comeback. Recent studies have in fact shown that a surprisingly high percentage of Americans are at risk of developing scurvy...
How reading Shakespeare can stimulate your brain
By: Matthew Flax
At a time when England was just beginning to emerge from the shadow of Spain, so too was its language at a critical stage in its development. Nowhere near the standardized form we now know, but starting to take shape; and William Shakespeare would play...
Scientists make artificial muscle out of fishing line
By: Leigh Goessl
In an interesting, and literal, twist of events, scientists have created thin fibers that are extremely strong and can serve as artificial muscles. According to the Los Angeles Times, the invention is described as "100 times stronger than human or animal sinew." What is...
The long-term effects of Fukushima on global health
By: Alicia M Prater PhD
The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station in Japan became synonymous with disaster in March 2011 – leaking radiation from reactors damaged in a 9.0 earthquake and forcing the evacuation of nearby residents. Health concerns at that time centered on the radiation exposure of workers...
The effect of chronic dehydration on the kidneys
By: Alicia M Prater PhD
The kidneys are responsible for controlling fluid balance in the body. During dehydration, which is a lack of water in the body, the kidneys act to retain more water in the blood. This change in function is directed by vasopressin, also known as antidiuretic hormone...
Scientific explanation of the common cold
By: Alicia M Prater PhD
The common cold is an illness often related to winter and characterized by nasal congestion and sneezing, sometimes with sore throat, coughing, headache and other uncomfortable respiratory symptoms. The symptoms are the result of an infection in the respiratory tract, which can be due to...
Groundbreaking surgery allows toddler to hear father's voice for first time
By: Leigh Goessl
In a remarkable first, a young North Carolina boy underwent surgery that enabled him to hear for the first time. Having been born without the cochlear nerves needed to help people process and hear sounds, Grayson Clamp was born deaf. He was also born with...

 

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